Darien Land Trust in cooperation with Darien Nature Center invite the public to a free viewing of Play Again, an award-winning documentary directed by Tonje Hessen Schei. At a time when children spend more time in the virtual world than in the natural world, "Play Again" unplugs a group of media-savvy teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure. Through the voices of children and leading experts, "Play Again" investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and encourages action for a sustainable future.
The film will be shown on Monday, November 1, in the Community Room of the Darien Library, 1441 Post Rd., Darien. The program is slated to run from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.playagainfilm.com.
The Westport Country Playhouse (WCP) closes its 80th season with one of its most powerful productions, “The Diary of Anne Frank.” This diary of a young girl, who perished in a concentration camp during World War II, is familiar to most teenagers through required reading in high school. Since the book was published, it has been read worldwide and there are countless dramatic recreations. The more in-depth, Pulitzer Prize winning version by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett was adapted by Wendy Kesselman and is the play produced here.
While this true story involves a particular group of Jews trying to survive the most horrible of circumstances, we’d like to believe that its message -- to make this a better world for all human beings -- crosses all cultural and religious boundaries. And so, when the sirens, the bombs and the rumbling, concentration camp trains are heard on the WCP stage, the audience is stunned because everyone witnesses what physical and psychological cruelty mankind is capable of. This chilling lesson cannot be repeated often enough. Anne’s optimistic but naive belief that “people are “basically good at heart,” was proven to be an ironic statement. However, it causes us to reflect upon the destructive nature of mankind and what, if anything, can be done about it.
Besides the extraordinary sound effects by Rusty Wandall and lighting design by Travis McHale, we have a splendid, multilevel attic designed by John Ezell, which is central to the play. It is the attic where Otto Frank, his wife and two daughters stay hidden for two years during Holland’s German occupation. Otto’s co-partner, his wife and son, plus a stray, former dentist soon join the group. The residents occupy tiny bedrooms and everyone meets in the central kitchen/living area. Miep Gies, Otto’s former secretary, periodically climbs the steep, hidden stairway to bring supplies and news from the outside.
By day, afraid to make a sound by flushing the only WC, the occupants read, whisper and tread quietly, in stocking feet on a floor directly above Otto’s former business. By night, the residents gather near the radio for the latest war news. The small attic is a microcosm of society and pretty soon, petty bickering among individuals and families break the monotony of daily life. Anne writes her diary and manages to experience a full life while confined to this small world.
This highly emotional play is brought to life by the entire, spellbinding cast under Gerand Freedman’s direction. Molly Ephraim plays the perky and precocious Anne Frank. She brightens the dismal atmosphere with outspoken chatter and amusing observations to the point of being a pest. Mitch Greenberg plays her dignified, intelligent, peace-making father, Otto.
Bring the whole family to see this worthwhile production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” and be sure to see the student sculpture of the attic refuge in the playhouse lobby.
Plays through Oct. 30. Phone: 203-227-4177
One of the challenges many people face is what to do with all the stuff they have lying around, that they no longer need or use. Can this stuff be recycled, and more importantly, where can they take it?
Well, if you've got a smartphone (Android or iPhone), the FREE app My Recycle List takes the guesswork away. According to the website, the app lets users quickly find recycling locations nearby that accept items you pick from a list. Easily organize locations you want to use by adding them to your list. My Recycle List takes the pain out of recycling by making it easy to accomplish your recycling goals in the least amount of trips.
But hey, don't take my word for it. Head on over to the mobile section of the website for details.
If you don't have a smartphone, not to worry — you can still use the 1800recycling.com website for information about where you can recycle various products.
So go ahead, get rid of that stuff!
Today, David Knauf, Director of Health for the Town of Darien, announced the 2010 Flu Clinic schedule.
The Darien Health Department will be offering five flu clinics this fall. For the dates and all the details, please click on the attachment below.
On Thursday, September 23 at 10:30 a.m., as part of our Health & Wellness series, we will be hosting a special program on Managing Your Medication. Presenting will be Elaine Abrams, MPH RN CHES Community Health Coordinator at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County (formerly Nursing & Home Care).
According to the National Institute on Aging, adults over age 65 consume more prescription and over-the-counter medicines than any other age group. Older adults tend to have more long-term, chronic illnesses – such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, which can be successfully managed with a variety of pharmacological treatments. While these medications contribute to overall quality of life, taking multiple medications can also be dangerous. About 7000 deaths each year and thousands of hospitalizations are the direct result of medication misuse, drug-drug interactions, or from adverse effects of medications.
“It’s often necessary to take drugs in combination; it just requires more care,” said Ms. Abrams. She also notes that at least one quarter of all medication-related problems are preventable through improved awareness and education.
In response to the growing concern of medication safety, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County developed an educational program called “Medication Management.” “Medication Management” stresses a pro-active approach including steps to take before filling any new medication prescription, understanding how and when to take medications, interpreting the drug facts label, proper storage of meds, documenting and reporting of side effects, and potential drug-drug interactions. The program offers tips about medication reminder systems, travelling with medications, and planning for emergencies.
All participants will complete a medication safety self-assessment. Free medication organizer and a packet of valuable informational materials will be provided.
This program is part of our Health & Wellness Series, A Picture of Health, an extensive series of lectures, expert panels, computer workshops, and films. The schedule offers sessions on a variety of health issues, including nutrition, stress management, personal safety for children and teens, pain management, holistic medicine, sleep disorders, and medication management.
Click here for more information about our Health & Wellness Series.
Co-hosted by Darien Health Department and Liberation Programs, Inc.
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Auditions will be held at Darien Library for Weekend One-Acts on Tuesday, August 17, from 6 – 9 p.m. (Callbacks (if necessary) will be on Wednesday, August 18, from 6 – 9 p.m.)
Weekend One-Acts will include performances of “The Golden Fleece” by A.R. Gurney, Jr., and “Waiting for Philip Glass” by Wendy Wasserstein (inspired by Shakespeare’s Sonnet 94).
The performances of Weekend One-Acts take place in the Community Room at Darien Library on Friday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, October 17 at 2 p.m. Performances are Actors’ Equity approved .
Please contact and confirm audition appearance at email@example.com to give approximate time of arrival.
By A.R. Gurney, Jr.
Betty and Bill tell the audience they are going to show them the golden fleece. To prove it is authentic, Jason and Medea are to deliver it. A hitch develops. Jason is taking off with another doll and Medea is doing a slow burn. Everyone remembers the impending tragedy, but no one envisioned it taking place here and now with hilarity.
30-minute, two-character, one-act comedy.
Directed by Marie Reynolds
JIM: MALE 30-45
Knows Jason-- sailed with him during the war.
BETTY: FEMALE 25-45
Bills’ wife putters in pottery with Medea.
Upwardly striving, they are anxious to impress us with their celebrity friendships and ready to capitalize on it. The actors can be any race, but must have good sense of comic timing.
Please bring headshot and resume for files. Audition sides will be provided.
Also seeking production assistance. To inquire, please contact ReynoldsML@aol.com.
Flexible evening and weekend rehearsal schedule starting August 23.
By Wendy Wasserstein, inspired by SHAKESPEARE’ S SONNET 94
In “Waiting for Philip Glass,” a socialite throws a benefit at her posh East Hampton estate for composer Philip Glass. When the guest of honor is late arriving, the other guests are forced to mingle among themselves, and examine their own lives while poking fun at arrivistes of every stripe.
Lots of dry humor mixed, gossip, and a dash of pretentious drama, in a 12-15 minute one act play.
Directed by Donna Wyant.
Casting: 7 speaking parts, 2 non-speaking parts.
HOLDEN: FEMALE 35
Very attractive socialite and hostess of Philip Glass benefit.
SPENCER: FEMALE 30-40
Holden’s attractive, social-climbing friend.
HARRY: MALE 50-60’s
An excessively warm guest.
LAURA: FEMALE 40-50
Columnist and Harry’s date.
GERRY: MALE, 40-50’s
Life-of-the-party, commands attention.
RINA: FEMALE 20-30
Gerry’s attractive young new wife.
JOE: MALE 40-50
Holden's date for the night. Burly, outdoorsy type, over achiever in designer loafers with matching belt.
FEMALE: 50's Non-speaking, attractive guest.
MALE: 50-60 Non-speaking, attractive guest.
Flexible evening and weekend rehearsal schedule starting August 23.
Please bring headshot and resume for files.
Also seeking stage and production assistants: contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Darien Department of Public Works continues to paves roads in town. Minor traffic delays are to be expected. Here is the current schedule:
Schedule subject to change based on weather conditions. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 203-656-7346.